What is Art For?

Aug 3, 2013   //   by ghanariekuchak   //   Blog  //  No Comments

SONY DSC“We sense there is more to life than the material world can provide, and art is a clue, an intimation, at its best, a transformation” Jeanette Winterson, journalist, might answer to this question. Art, in some people’s opinion, is not as necessary as schools or hospitals, but as Cockerton (2010) implies it should be taken seriously because it will open our eyes to ourselves and the environment around us. Art in any type would bring the spirit of experiencing instead of keep asking people to believe in something. It may not be a reality as Plato beliefs, but most of the people have his experience of finding themselves immersed in a book, movie or a picture. Actually, art will capture the attention of the viewer from the rest of the world to the inside in the ways that he/she can sense the creator’s senses.

Art just seems to be simple but in reality, it will alter the viewer thoughts and re-build it in a completely different fundamentals. For instance, many of us have this experience that by watching a sad movie, we cry, or by scanning a news you feel you changed your mind about something or someone. That’s why people would buy a product by seeing a good advertisement.

Perry (2011) states that art, besides of being everybody’s cultural parts, is neurologically normalize the attitudes of life. That’s why many artists highlight that they can’t live without art. For everybody who create the art it is like they express themselves in color, pictures and words as well as sharing them with the others. In Dissanayake idea art has four impacts in human life. First, art makes the human life so special by being beyond the monetary values. Second, art engages the senses by helping us to feel better. Third, it involves rituals and by that it will reduce a lot of tension in life. Forth, art enhances socializing because it is made to be shared with the others.

The Oxford dictionary defines art as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. It means that besides of other human being behaviors such as caring, socializing, playing and working, art should be taken seriously.

Fatemeh Azadbakht- Graphic designer- 2013

The picture is one of my paintings. please see more here.


Bruce D. Perry. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved August 2, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_D._Perry

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Dissanayake, E. (1988). What is art for?. University of Washington Press.

Ellen Dissanayake. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved August 1, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Dissanayake

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